Motivating Homeschooled Children

Get your child excited about learning! These tips and lesson ideas will keep your homeschooled child engaged and enthused.

Active Six-Year-Old Won't Pay Attention

Perhaps the curriculum or method you're using is not the best one for your child. If she is an active, hands-on learner and you are relying on textbook learning, you're going to run into problems. read more

Developing Special Interests

Developing Special InterestsOne of the biggest advantages homeschooled teens have over their schooled peers is "time." Homeschooling takes less time than classroom-based learning. Even the most structured homeschooler rarely spends more than two to four hours a day studying. The rest of the time is spent pursuing interests and developing talents. Michelle Bolton is a case in point. She has been homeschooled since the second grade. Because she set her own schedule for schoolwork, practice, and lessons, she was able to enjoy flexibility not available to classroom-bound students. read more

Focusing on Reading

Advice from a homeschooling expert on teaching a six-year-old who has no patience for reading.
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Getting Homeschooling Children to Focus

Getting Homeschooling Children to FocusIn the Beginning... My first day homeschooling was a disaster. I'd turned our den into a little classroom full of "educational" stuff: posters, blackboard, desk, and workbooks. My five-year-old daughter, Jessica, was excited and ready to begin. So what went wrong? Within a very short time, major boredom set in. Jessica was simply not interested in what I was trying to teach her. She became uncooperative. I was frustrated and angry. The more I pushed, the more she resisted. read more

Homeschooling for Multiple Intelligences

Homeschooling for Multiple IntelligencesHow Can I Teach You? Let Me Count the Ways. There are as many ways to homeschool as there are ways for children to learn. Parents usually start with the traditional classroom model, because that's what they know. A curriculum is purchased from one of the leading curriculum vendors, and it outlines everything the child will study in the coming year. Many curriculum packages contain all the textbooks, workbooks, and related materials, as well as telephone support. read more

Motivating a Teen Homeschooler

Advice from a homeschooling expert on handling a 13-year-old who only wants to sleep, play on his computer, and play Nintendo. read more

Motivating Your Homeschooled Child

Motivating Your Homeschooled Child Having trouble motivating your kids? When it's time to do "school stuff" are your kids less than enthusiastic? Join the club! I've never met a homeschooling parent who has not faced this challenging situation. How do parents get past this difficult phase? Is it possible to turn your family's learning time into a cooperative experience? To answer these questions, we first must examine some basic assumptions about learning. In a traditional classroom, the teacher follows a pre-determined curriculum. read more

Motivating Your Homeschooled Child

Motivating Your Homeschooled Child Having trouble motivating your kids? When it's time to do "school stuff," are your kids less than enthusiastic? Join the club! I've never met a homeschooling parent who has not faced this challenging situation. How do parents get past this difficult phase? Is it possible to turn your family's learning time into a cooperative experience? To answer these questions, we first must examine some basic assumptions about learning. In a traditional classroom, the teacher follows a pre-determined curriculum. read more

Real Learning Happens Daily

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Teaching Four-Year-Olds

As one mother put it, "When my five-year-old daughter sits down at the table to learn, her mind just shuts down." At four years old, a child is too young for this type of learning. read more

Using Unit Studies in Homeschooling

Using Unit Studies in HomeschoolingUnit studies are a special kind of curricula because they combine multiple subjects into one curriculum. You then teach all those topics by using the single unit study. read more